Target: Ted Cruz
Demand: Apologize for unfounded remarks about President Obama and race.
Tensions have run high recently in Baltimore and around the country due to the protests and riots after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, sustained a spine injury while in police custody that lead to his death. The issue of race is at the forefront of this unrest, and politicians are discussing ways to unify the people and release this tension.
Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for President, was interviewed recently and said that President Obama has “inflamed” racial tensions. He said “He’s made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions — that have divided us rather than bring us together. We need leadership that brings us together rather than trying to divide us.”
When asked for specific examples of this, Cruz could not give an answer. He also could not give a specific example of how he would address the issue if he were in office.
Dear Senator Cruz,
In a recent interview, you discussed the racial tension that is all too palpable in the United States today. You said that Barack Obama has “inflamed” those racial tensions instead of bringing the people together. However, when asked for specific examples of how the President has inflamed tensions, you could not give one. You also could not give examples of how you would bring people together as president.
We the undersigned urge you not to make statements about racial tensions if you can not cite specific examples.
[Your Name Here]